The awaited Imam Mahdi is the last and final Imam of Islam who will appear at the end of times to rid the world of injustice and sin and redeem Islam. He is a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him.
He is awaited by Muslims who believe that he will usher in an era of justice and righteousness and will defeat all evil forces in the world. The idea of the imam mahdi is widely spread amongst Muslims and many people have claimed to be him in the past. Some of them were social revolutionaries while others were religious scholars.
However, there is a group of Muslims who have made it their life’s purpose to work for the appearance of the mahdi. They have written books, given lectures and have also created websites to bring this message to as many people as possible. These individuals are known as the ahlul-bait.
One of the most popular questions regarding the mahdi is where is he now? There are a number of opinions as to where he is now but most people agree that he will come within 2025. This is based on many traditions which are well established and proven in the books of ahadith.
According to the Shia, Imam mahdi is alive now and living in Samarra. He was born on the 15th of Sha’ban 255 AH. He is the son of Hasan al-Askari. He has a period of Minor Occultation and a period of Major Occultation. He appointed four ambassadors during his Minor Occultation and when the fourth ambassador died in 329 AH he entered into his Major Occultation.